Illegal Alien and Georgia Man Sentenced for Trafficking Heroin
Gulfport, Miss. – Alejandro Menera Martinez, 36, an illegal alien from Mexico, and Casimiro Cardona Chacon, 23, of Norcross, Georgia, were sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden on drug trafficking charges, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Assistant Special Agent in Charge J. Derryle Smith with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Menera Martinez was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possessing with intent to distribute heroin. He pled guilty to the charge on February 23, 2018. Menera Martinez organized a negotiated deal in which two kilograms of fentanyl were to be sold to undercover agents. He was arrested while delivering the drugs, but after laboratory analysis, it was determined that the drugs were actually heroin, not fentanyl.
Cardona Chacon was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for possessing with intent to distribute heroin. He pled guilty to the charge on March 1, 2018. Cardona Chacon was the courier in the deal negotiated by Menera Martinez.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Meynardie.